Where the boys (and girls) are

About 70% of Costa Ricans live either in the capital San José or the surrounding central valley cities so it is no surprise that the majority of establishments catering to gay and lesbians are located there.

Most of the action is centered in San José but the other major cities of Heredia, Alajuela and Cartago have plenty of gay people too if not much in the way of gay nightlife.

As well, some of the smaller towns in the valley have attracted many expats who prefer cooler temperatures and pastoral or mountain settings to the beach towns so you'll also find several interesting gay owned B&Bs or small inns in the area.

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Best of Gay Costa RicaScotts Walking Tours

Scott K Wimer is originally from a farm in Wanatah, Indiana. He has worked as a Fashion Photographer in Europe and Chicago from age 21 - 30. Retired from the glam and returned to his art roots. Now having settled in Costa Rica he is working as an artist and photographer. His walking tours are something that have developed from something he loves to do. But now he invites people along for the walk. Walking tours are a great way to get a taste of San Jose and be able to venture into all areas with a feeling of security. There are a few ways to go, which can be tailored to your interests. Include photography and photography classes en route.
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San Jose Escort and Massage

Largest selection of listings of providers in the country.
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The "Centro de investigación y Promoción para America Central de Derechos Humanos" is a human rights organization focusing on LGBT rights in Central America. Investigations, press outreach, radio show.
 2280 7821
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Las Termas de Paris

Look for door on corner with purple curtain. Behind the curtain you'll find a small bathhouse with lockers, cruising areas and booths. Open daily 1 pm - 9pm, most popular after work. Admission is 3,000 colones with a special rate on Wednesdays of 2,500. Women and minors not admitted.
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Rick's Bar and Restaurante

Gay and lesbian bar and restaurant which is "straight friendly". Full menu plus selection of bocas or come from drinks with friends or meet some here. Located beside Agua Cristal en San Joaquín de Flores, 10 minutes from SJO airport. Open Wed & Thu 7:00pm - 3:30am, Fri & Sat 9:00pm - 5:00am. Closed Mon/Tue. "A different place, for different people."
 2441-3213, 8328-8297
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Bar La Cueva del Oso

"Bear Cave" is a gay bar for bears, wolves and friends. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 7pm.
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360 Elements

Disco, with capacity for 1,500. Excellent sound and shows. Different specials daily.
 5704 7451
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Lounge / restaurant / disco
 2234 5009, 6027 8297
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Oasis Erotic Massage

Erotic massage by men for men. Open Monday to Saturday from 11 am to 8 pm.
 8824 8511, 8648 9504
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DaVinci's Dental Care

Dentistry from a team approach. They make it a priority to use the latest science and highest technology available, such as Digital Smile Design Technology and Micro dentistry as well as state-of-the-art equipment, including computed dental radiography which uses 90% less radiation, intra-oral video cameras Laboratory and other advanced technology. DaVinci's Dental Clinic has many LGBT clients both foreign and local. The clinic is ideally located with easy access to gay and gay-friendly establishments
 2290 6062, USA number: (305) 280-2272
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Gecko Trail Costa Rica

Gecko Trail Costa Rica stands for excellence in service to the gay and lesbian (LGBT) community. We are dedicated to promote diverse and individual tourism that gives you the opportunity to discover Costa Rica's incredible variety based on your specific needs and wishes.If you are looking for excitement and an alternative experience in Central America's most open and gay-friendly country, make Costa Rica your next destination.
 2756 8159 or via USA number 1 415 230-0298
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XXX Adult World

Sex toys, porn videos for sale. Video booths.
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Nuestras Letras

The first gay bookshop in Costa Rica is now open! Librería Nuestras Letras providing a place to find a selection of alternative literature. Open Mon-Fri 3-7pm and Sat/Sun from 12noon-5pm.
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Bar Margot

Small fun, cruisy bar with with mainly blue collar type locals.
 2223 2163
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Villa Doria Condominium

Apartment for rent, 130 m2, two levels, only 15 min from Citymall, Alajuela, very quiet and safe 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, living room, kitchen, laundry room and balcony. Internal parking for two cars, the neighborhood has night security with controlled access. Small pets accepted (not medium or large), the price includes water There are no maintenance fees.
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Casa Vieja

Gay bar and restaurant. Nightly specials. DJs and/or drag shows on some nights. Open Mon - Sat 6:00pm - 2:30am, Sun 4:00pm - 12:00am
 2440 8525
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R & G Bar, Restaurant & Pizzeria

New place for gay people in Heredia.
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Castilla Bar

Small friendly bar with food served. Primarily lesbian but gay men welcome too. Open daily from 6 pm.
 2221 0656
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Al Depiste Bar

Popular hangout in the Zapote part of San Jose. Well known for the "bocas", great variety of tasty foods. Live music and activities all the week. Karaoke on Fridays and Gogo dancers on Saturdays.
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Massage by Jason

Jason is a masculine guy who offers his erotic massage services in the greater metropolitan area of San José. He is indulgent, professional and outdoing. The price for a massage is $70 for one hour. He is fluent in Spanish and English and is available from 10 am to 10 pm. Send him a text or write him on WhatsApp for more details and appointments. 6422-1080
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Ser La Luz

Bed n Breakfast, Retreat Center, Yoga Studio
 8549 2936
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Video Rexxx

Cruisy adult movie theater. Open noon to 11 PM daily. Entrance 2500 colones.
 8845 7899, 8847 5920
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Hispalis Sauna

Largest of all saunas in San Jose. Varied crowd with all types of guys. Bar, Restaurant, Cruising Areas, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Steam Room. 7 Days a week Noon - 1am. Wednesdays are Naked Nights. Note: saunas in Costa Rica tend to be busier early evening and after work versus late night
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Zona Rosa

Cruise bar. Very busy with locals. Also has full cinema booths in back with glory holes and dark room. Costs $5 to get a day pass which allows you to go in and out all day.
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Popular Trendy bar for younger types. Mostly locals.
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Buenas Vibraciones Bar

Lesbian owned bar popular with both lesbians and gay men. Good gathering place to hangout with or meet new friends. Open 7 days a week
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Casa Cari

Center for LGBT culture and spirituality. A project initiated by the Rainbow Community in February 2008 to create a physical space for group meetings. Dedicated to promoting culture and spirituality of the LGBT community in Costa Rica. Home of the following groups:
- Comunidad Arco Iris (LGBT spirituality)
- Fenix (personal growth)
- Vivencias (spiritual and group support)
- Cinema CARI (LGTB Cinema)
- Colectiva Lesbica (Women's group)
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Cinema 2000

Cinema showing straight porn films but with lots of gay action happening in the seats and other areas. Entry 3000 colones ($6)
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Costa Rica Guesthouse

Guesthouse within easy walking distance of center in pleasant neighborhood. Not primarily gay but they advertise as gay friendly.
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Parque National

Downtown central cruising park. Now with free WiFi too.
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La Avispa

Popular dance club favoured by locals. Good age mix and local dance club experience. Sunday afternoons are legendary with a mix of latin disco and salsa.
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Hotel Catedral

Hotel / Bed & Breakfast with comfortable rooms, parking available, 24 hour room service and bilingual staff.
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Club El Teatro

Trendy Dance Bar. Gay and Mixed. Electro, Pop, Latin Music. Drag and stripper shows. In the former Club Oh space. Open Fridays and Saturdays plus some special events only.
 2256-1003 o 2256-1052
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Casa Colon Apartments

gay friendly apartments for short or long term stays. Fully equipped and tastefully decorated and furnished. A choice of either two or three bedrooms.
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Puchos Night Club

Popular place with all types and featuring erotic dancers. Darkroom.
** Was destroyed by fire in June 2013 but reopened and remodeled by Sept 2013.
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Hotel Kekoldi

Gay owned hotel located in central San Jose. Mixed clientele.
 (506) 2248-0804
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Colours Oasis Resort

Key West styled boutique hotel and the only exclusively gay hotel in San Jose. 20 rooms, all with private bath, some with kitchen and living room. Great for traveler looking to hang out by the pool and meet fellow travelers. Pool and sun terrace, jacuzzi, gym/exercise area. Full restaurant and bar. Quiet neighborhood in the embassy district a short taxi ride to all bars and gay activities.
 2296 1880, 1-866-517-4390 from USA
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Casa Rainbow Canyon

Exclusively gay B&B. Most of the the rooms face the pool with a spectacular view of the canyon. Bedroom suites with either balconies or private terraces, full kitchens and living rooms which can accommodate a 3rd person. Breakfast until 10am, clothing optional pool after 10am.
 2249-4785, from USA 410-268-7109
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El 13

Cafe, Bar and Restaurant. Happy Hour 4pm to 7pm Monday to Friday.
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Olio Restaurante y Pub

Restaurant specializing in Mediterranean and seafood. Lunch, dinner or drink. Popular gay spot to start a night out or have a romantic date. Open Monday to Friday noon to midnight, Saturday 6pm to midnight.
 2281 0541
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Casa 69

Historic house renovated to a charming B&B. Located just 4 blocks east of the National Museum in the spirited college-town area of barrio La California. Just a 10 minute walk to town center and all cultural points of interest, dinning district as well as gay bars & saunas. Once again Casa 69 has returned to it's roots of being gay owned and operated with a mixed gay/straight clientele. This delightful, affordable, bohemian haven has become a definitive gay hotel destination.
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Oraculo Club Bar

Bar with strippers, dark room, DJ. Special events for bears, leather and more.
 7076 1636
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Video Relaxx

Video booth store with gay and straight films, cruising.
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